Daily Management Review

In Paris, Autumn Fairs Jostle for Position


Covid’s aftershocks have profoundly reshaped the art fair landscape. All the operators have revised their strategy for September 2022. What will the autumn fair schedule look like in Paris?

by Carine Claude

Paris Photo 2021 © Jeremie Bouillon
Paris Photo 2021 © Jeremie Bouillon
Is it excitement about the comeback of Paris to the forefront of the global art market? Or the consequence of adjusting to the post-pandemic world? As the art market bounces back, fairs are pulling out all the stops. While the return to business-as-usual was a bit halting at first—many events had been postponed until later in the year—Paris will be teeming with fairs this autumn. In the post-Brexit context, many operators are betting on large numbers of buyers converging on the city. While London is still highly appealing, customs duties, taxes and administrative hassles are putting a damper on art transactions. The autumn Paris fairs should confirm whether or not the European art market’s center of gravity shifts towards France. The 21 st Parcours des mondes, the season’s first major fair, will set the tone when it takes place from September 6 to 11 in Saint-Germain-des-Prés, the stronghold of dealers in non-European art. “Parcours des mondes is one of the most important international fairs,” says American collector… Click here to read more